Future looks bleak for Llanelli; Reds could topple without Legg and Jenkins

Andy Legg’s decision to walk away after 3 1/2 years at Llanelli spells trouble for the Reds.

Llanelli have been plunged into further chaos with the resignation of Andy Legg and his assistant Stephen Jenkins, hours after Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Connah’s Quay.

Events over the last 24-hours make it evident that the club is spiralling out of control as the off-field turmoil spreads pitch-side, with the future of the club in grave doubt.

Even the future of the club’s Stebonheath home is now in doubt with the town council reluctantly giving Llanelli a deadline to renegotiate outstanding debts of over £20,000, and another winding-up petition over an unpaid tax bill in London’s High Court awaits later this month.

Perhaps most concerning to Llanelli supporters is Legg’s decision to walk away at this stage. Both he and Stephen Jenkins have resiliently kept the Reds’ squad focused and competitive in the Welsh Premier League despite a string of broken promises and unpaid wages. Legg and Jenkins have, with gritted teeth, continually acted as pillars of the club and without their leadership and fight one of Welsh football’s most important clubs could be about to topple.

And what of chairman Nitin Parekh who is left with a debt-ridden club and a football club with a general manager, a manager an assistant and a physio? Will he even begin to try and appoint someone prepared to take on the unenviable role of first-team manager, or will he now wave the white flag and stand back and watch the club to dissolve?

My understanding is that club stalwart Gary Lloyd remains, but having seen Legg and Jenkins step aside, does Llanelli’s remaining long-term servant have the patience to continue and the stomach to fight on?

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